Honoring Local 34 of the Federation of University Employees, Unite Here on the Celebration of Their 30Th Anniversaryby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2015-02-02
in the house of representatives
Monday, February 2, 2015
Ms. DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to
extend my warmest congratulations to Local 34 of the Federation of
University Employees, UNITE HERE as they celebrate their 30th
Anniversary--a remarkable milestone for this wonderful organization!
Representing over 3400 clerical and technical employees at Yale
University, Local 34 has given a strong voice to its membership over
the last three decades. Their members perform a broad spectrum of
duties that make Yale University a world-class institution of teaching,
research and medical care. Local 34's efforts have ensured fair
salaries and guaranteed raises, healthcare benefits, workplace health
and safety protections, as well as good pensions and fully paid retiree
medical benefits for members and their spouses. Local 34 can be proud
of the work they do on behalf of their members and the role the union
plays in making Yale a great place to work.
The organization of Local 34 holds a special place in my memory--it is hard to believe that 30 years have already passed. As the organization effort grew, my husband and I were glad to support them and our basement housed the phone-bank effort. Our home became a base of operation throughout the creation of Local 34 and it was a proud moment when the day of the vote came and Local 34 became a reality. Over the course of the last three decades, Local 34 has played a unique role in our community, not only representing the interests of their members, but also in strengthening the town-gown relationship between Yale University and the City of New Haven.
Understanding the connection between strong communities and healthy employment, in the 1990's Local 34 created the New Haven Resident's Training Program--one of the few job training initiatives in the entire country that led to a commitment to hire locally. Today, as New Haven and the country emerge from challenging economic times, Local 34 has doubled-down on this effort with the creation of a jobs pipeline--New Haven Works--an organization committed to providing employers with a trained and qualified workforce and connecting New Haven residents to good jobs. Last year alone they placed over 300 individuals in new jobs and the effort is only growing.
From its origins as a ``pink-collar'' union of secretaries--little sister to the blue-collar Local 35--Local 34 has grown into a labor powerhouse. I am honored to have this opportunity to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Local 34 President Laurie Kennington, the union's executive leadership, and each of its more than 3400 members as they celebrate this very special anniversary. Happy 30th and best wishes for many more years of success! ____________________